24 November, 2020

Why I Like Outlook

It kept up its pursuit of the real news in this cesspool of melodrama.

Why I Like Outlook

I grew up in a different India, an analog version of this chaotic beast. The word still made a difference; the odd sentence could push you into a corner you had never been to. As I stepped into my youth, some modifications to our idea of nat­ion-state suddenly opened up a million possibilities. Ever since, my engagement with current affairs has been fraught with doubts and questions. Outlook’s clarity and feistiness was not something I had seen elsewhere, till RSS feeds freed up my restricted vision. I always admired the lean way of handling information that the magazine practised, and its commitment to a story, to follow it even when the ruckus had died. This was the time that the media was changing from being bearers of information to becoming public taste managers. A particular kind of information was being promoted and featured, slo­wly leading to more relevant and important pieces being sidestepped. But things were also changing elsewhere. Wild, unrestrained and strident voices were being raised all over. A fact blanked out by a national media...



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